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Mark Simmons
Mark Simmons  
1/29/2014 5:03:34 PM
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Re: Education
Thanks Peter J -  and Yes we DO have a short memory as a species don't we? - maybe increasing climate change phenomena will change that! 

PeterJ
PeterJ  
1/29/2014 4:34:54 PM
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Re: Only for the Affluent?
Well, I can certainly say that I'm learning more about the environment just outside my windows today! I didn't expect to Googe "cat tails transpiring" -- but I now have a greater appreciation for the role they play in the wetlands that surround me.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
1/29/2014 4:28:11 PM
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Re: Education
Thank you, Mark. I appreciate the link as well. I sometimes think, though, that the "pain" is short-lived, or at least passes rather quickly in the news cycle. This is a great topic for discussion, and the resources you've provided add to that.

Mark Simmons
Mark Simmons  
1/29/2014 12:25:09 PM
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Re: Only for the Affluent?
Ecological Engineering: definition

Amy – I guess you could interchange the terms but for me 'ecological engineering' is where you use ecological or eco-physiological function to achieve a specific performance objective. Trees practice gas exchange which cleans air, Cat-tails in wetlands transpire which reduces storm water –etc. To me goals can be :

1.     Environmental e.g. clean air

2.     Ecological  e.g. pollinator habitat

3.     Sociological e.g. recreational space

I really like defining it that way because it makes it appear so powerful (which it is!)

Good subject for another blog

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
1/29/2014 12:14:53 PM
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Re: Only for the Affluent?
Thanks for your reply, Mark, and for introducing me to the concept of "ecological engineering." I'd only heard of "environmental engineering. It's really interesting stuff you're bringing forward.

The DC Office of the Environment recently embarked on a plan to enlarge the city's thousands of tree boxes, a move I had never even considered but which is said to have large implications for improved air quality and tree cover in the decades to come. Would that be an example of eco or enviro engineering?

kq4ym
kq4ym  
1/29/2014 11:18:41 AM
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Re: Education
It would seem that a new educational system would have to be set up to enable planners and government officials to recognize the possibilities if not the necessity of multi-use environments. And probably there's going to have to be additional funding at the government level to manage, zone, and plan for the system to work as well.

Mark Simmons
Mark Simmons  
1/29/2014 9:56:17 AM
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Re: soil on site
Depends what aspect of landscape function you're talking about - for storm water, places like Portland are way ahead down here in SW USA too little water is the issue. (In Texas we get drought AND major storm flooding - great). The good news is there are several design firms across the country who are brilliant at this and feature high function in their designs – but either the client has to want it or the city demands it  -  Stuttgart and Copenhagen mandate green roofs on most new construction for example.   

Mark Simmons
Mark Simmons  
1/29/2014 9:41:55 AM
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Re: Education
Aesthetic Landscape only?

Peter J – I agree with you (also see my response/comment below on "Ecology in Landscape Architecture") – The design professions are not necessarily expected or often required to step beyond the aesthetic.  Its beyond me how we tolerate polluting landscapes which most of us we pass every day (see the link to my TEDx talk below). As I said below the ship is beginning a new trajectory and things like water availability storm water, heat island effect and air pollution are forcing us to rethink the role of urban green infrastructure.  The more pain we experience the more likely we will raise our expectation. – On this note check out what's happening in UK right now with regards to flood prevention – public are blaming everyone from government to farmers (up stream) about this and last year's heavy, devastating flooding .  see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25929644

 

Mark Simmons
Mark Simmons  
1/29/2014 9:30:15 AM
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Re: Education
 

Why no ecology in Landscape Architecture?

Landscape Architecture is a very broad subject of which the biology (plants) is only a part sometimes a small part - there is little time for ecology, hydrology, soil science etc. unless an elective (there are some schools where these ARE part of the curriculum but they are few). The reason? I would suggest it's simply the traditional focus on utility, recreation (human space) and aesthetic rather than deeper environmental, ecological and sociological goals. As one frustrated Landscape Architect said recently "we're just putting lipstick on the pig". There is certainly a real danger of the profession being simply dismissed as exterior decorating. Also  the life sciences are guilty of not reaching out to the desogn professions  Fortunately, this is changing, and certainly the L. Arch students and am contact with crave more function in design. As programs like the SITES initiative and BREAM get more traction the profession and perhaps more importantly the expectation of the profession will evolve. 

PeterJ
PeterJ  
1/29/2014 9:17:36 AM
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Re: soil on site
Have those who reside in the arid climates of the southwest US figured this out better than the rest of us? I have always thought that they effectively include great landscaping in living environments while adapting to the natural setting.

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